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There are a lot of call-in radio talk shows − and many of them offer advice to people with problems. Listeners who tune in to Hope In The Night, however, quickly realize that this program is one-of-a-kind.
It began in 1995, when June Hunt, founder of a Dallas-based ministry called Hope For The Heart and host of a 15-minute daily radio broadcast show, by the same name, was persuaded to test the concept of a live, late-night program on a single Chicago radio station. From the start, it was very different from other counseling talk shows − and it was an immediate hit with Chicago area listeners.
Hope In The Night has celebrated 16 years of late-night ministry and was nominated as the National Religious Broadcasters “Talk Show of the Year” in 2007. In 2011 it was named “Radio Program of the Year” by station WDCX in Buffalo, New York. There are no in-studio guests on Hope In The Night − just June Hunt and her announcer/co-host, veteran Christian broadcaster Jim Cress. The “guests” on this program are the callers, and they’re treated with careful respect, rather than being rushed, dismissed and replaced. This compassionate approach is based on June’s profound belief in the importance of every individual with whom she communicates − in person or on the air.
Thousands of listeners are attentive and empathetic night after night as June Hunt gently works through life’s most painful problems with her callers until a genuine solution is identified. Although on-air discussion is not necessarily limited to the topics covered in the ministry’s Biblical Counseling Library, the resources cover such a broad range of concerns that it’s very rare for Hope In The Night to receive a call that deals with a crisis not addressed in the Biblical Counseling Keys. The most popular topics over the show’s 16-year history have been Adultery, Alcohol & Drug Abuse, Anger, Decision Making, Divorce, Reconciliation, Salvation, Self-Worth, Sexual Addiction and Victimization.
Very little program time is devoted to financial appeals, but listeners often call to ask if they can somehow be a part of this redemptive process by helping to support this uniquely effective ministry.
Although June’s focus is on counseling rather than on fund-raising, the costs of producing daily broadcasts and delivering them to broadcast outlets around the world can seem overwhelming − and our radio outreach is just one of the ministries at Hope For The Heart. The answer is “Yes” − we welcome your support − as a Partner in Prayer or through your financial donations − to help us push back the darkness and move deeper into territory held by the enemy.